Michigan Ross Executive Education Participants From Oracle Raise More Than $10K For C.S. Mott Children's Hospital


Senior executives participating in the Ross School of Business Executive Education leadership development program for Oracle were inspired to go above and beyond to benefit the hospital.

For the past year, Michigan Ross Executive Education has incorporated a fun team-building activity into its custom corporate learning programs where executive participants prepare dinner at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms for families and patients at the Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. While the dinner serves as a meaningful way for companies to give back to the community, the most recent cohort of participants from Executive Education’s program for Oracle were motivated to do more to help the hospital.

Inspired by the philanthropic activity and positive leadership principles taught by Ross, several of the Oracle executives challenged their colleagues to raise $10,000. In less than a week, the group of 44 senior directors — who came from 16 countries — managed to exceed their goal, surpassing $10,000 thanks to a contribution from Oracle matching the funds they raised.

"We work hard to infuse meaning throughout the participant experience," said Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, faculty director of the Executive Education’s Oracle program and professor of management and organizations at Ross. “We deeply appreciate how this cohort from Oracle went above and beyond for the hospital.”

Michigan Ross partners with the University of Navarra IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, to develop the custom learning programs for Oracle. Now in its fifth year, more than 1,200 of Oracle’s top-performing and senior directors have participated in one of three programs put on by IESE and Michigan Ross.  

After spending a week learning technology and strategy at IESE, Michigan Ross welcomes Oracle participants for a week-long positive leadership program in Ann Arbor. Ross also incorporates its signature action-based learning experiences into its custom programming aimed at enhancing the executives’ ability to engage, inspire, and align their teams.

“Through this incredible partnership with Michigan Ross and IESE, our top talent executive participants emerge positively changed with a common understanding of best leadership practices that they can share with their colleagues back in the workplace,” said Nick Roberts, AEI global top talent program director at Oracle.

“Participants leave Ross with a new self-perspective and understanding on how they can do better, be the best leader, and decide what they want to achieve at Oracle.”

Cooking dinner at Cornman Farms is one experiential learning opportunity that the Executive Education team has added to several of its custom programs. The activity engages the participants in positive leadership while making enough food to feed 50 families of patients in long-term care at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“The dinners are always very appreciated by the families here, and watching them enjoy the meals is quite impactful,” said Byron Myer, Mott Administration.

In addition, this type of experience can even lead to unexpected outcomes, such as the Oracle group’s decision to raise $10,000 for the hospital. Myer said the money raised by the executives will have a lasting impact — going toward funding Oracle-sponsored Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners prepared at Cornman Farms for patients and their families at the hospital.

Michigan Ross is ranked a Top 10 global provider of executive development programs by the Financial Times.

In 2018, Ross held 316 Executive Education programs in over 70 countries, facilitating high-impact learning experiences for more than 5,000 managers and executives from companies including Oracle, Tata Group, and Amazon.

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